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The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time

List Criteria: Characters that have appeared on SNL only.

The best Saturday Night Live characters of all time include classic, unforgettable characters brought to life by the best cast members on SNL. The list itself is impressive, filled with hilarious characters from the greatest SNL shows from the 1970s, 1980s and beyond. Whether it's men like Eddie Murphy's Buckwheat, Chris Farley's Matt Foley or John Belushi's Samurai, or female SNL characters like Rachel Dratch's Debbie Downer, the characters on this list represent the absolute greatest - those that made us laugh for days after the show aired. This is a vote ranked list, so be sure to cast your vote for your personal favorite SNL character ever (and vote down any characters you don't like). If you don't see your favorite popular SNL characters on the list, feel free to add them!

Saturday Night Live's original sketch comedy represents some of the funniest ever on television. Since the show first aired in 1975, so many talented comedians and actors have given their all to make sure everyone kept laughing. Whether it's the recurring characters from the early years like The Coneheads and The Blues Brothers, or more modern classics like Chris Kattan's Mango, Adam Sandler's Opera Man or, more recently, Bill Hader's Stefon, all are memorable and all are truly funny.

Who are the best characters on SNL? For more great SNL info, check out these lists of the best 'Saturday Night Live' original cast sketches, monologues, sketches from the 1980s and the 1990s. Ever wonder who the most frequent 'SNL' hosts are? There's a list for that, along with information about the youngest and oldest 'SNL' hosts ever - and 'SNL' hosts who were banned. Enjoy!


The Best Saturday Night Live Characters of All Time TV Characters
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    Chris Farley

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    Dana Carvey

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    Mike Myers

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    Buckwheat Eddie Murphy

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    Alex Trebek Will Ferrell

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    Stefon Bill Hader

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    John Belushi

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    Spartan Spirit Cheerleaders Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri

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    Dan Aykroyd

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    Sarah Palin Tina Fey

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    George W. Bush Will Ferrell

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    Mr. Robinson Eddie Murphy

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    Bruce Dickinson Christopher Walken

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    The Festrunk Brothers Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd

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    Dana Carvey

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    Roseanne Rosannadana Gilda Radner

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    Chippendale Auditions Dancers Patrick Swayze, Chris Farley

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    George Bush Dana Carvey

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    Dan Aykroyd

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    Walter Williams

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    The Delicious Dish Girls Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon, Alec Baldwin Pete Schweddy's Balls

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    John Belushi

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    Rachel Dratch

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    Burt Reynolds Norm MacDonald

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    Molly Shannon

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    Eddie Murphy

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    Mike Myer

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    Bill Murray

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    Dancing Mascot Justin Timberlake "Bring it on down to Omeleteville!"

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    Harry Caray Will Ferrell

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    Martin Short

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    Don Novello

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    The Roxbury Guys Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan

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    Gilda Rander

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    The Continental Christopher Walken

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    The Ladies Man Tim Meadows Tim Meadows

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    The Ambiguously Gay Duo Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, Robert Smigel

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    Adam Sandler

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    Chevy Chase

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    Julia Sweeney

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    Barry Gibb Jimmy Fallon

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    Robert Goulet Will Ferrell Will Ferrell

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    Gene Frenkle Will Ferrell Cowbell!

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    Toonces the Driving Cat

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    Bob Swerski George Wendt Da Bearsss!

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    Kristen Wiig Kristen Wiig

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    Eddie Murphy

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    Will Forte

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    Drunk Uncle Bobby Moynahan

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    Phil Hartman

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